In effort to take a look back at the me who was, years ago, and restart the stalled writing that plagues my draft folder, I bring you ‘A Retrospective.’ This time exploring the responsibility of celebrities to their young fans.
This guy can jump high. So it’s his fault that your kid’s failing? Please.

3/15/2011

“I just think celebrities are human beings. If you swallow the image they put out there during a thirty second commercial as insight into their entire life, that’s your fault. One individual cannot be held responsible for the idiocy of the masses.”
I was in the car with my father, leaving the airport on my way home for the holidays, fresh off a red-eye from SF. It was the butt crack of dawn, we were both irritable, but I was on a roll.
“It should be the parents’ responsibility to be their kids own role models. Is it Michael Jordan’s fault if my kid gets a C in history? Come on, you have to be practical about this.”
In Middle School I always had writing assignments with topics like: Who is your role model? Who do you want to be when you grow up? Of course I made someone up, but in truth the answers were: No one, and I want to be me, respectively. That sounds hecka self-important in writing, but it’s not a lack of humility that plagued me in my youth. It had more to do with the fact that I never had parents who went out of their way to craft my future in the likeness of another individual’s life, coupled with a whisper of a feeling that doing what had already been done was boring.
Because one half of the parents who raised me was in the car with me, I was surprised to hear him saying things like “If you’re a person on a national or international stage, you have responsibility to the people who are making you popular.”
I couldnt have disagreed more. The argument went on until we’d reached the house and barged into the kitchen where my mother had prepared a light breakfast before what would be an epic I-Hate-Red-Eyes nap.
As a final note on the subject, mama says, “Whether those kids should have to depend on these folks for idolatry and as role models, it’s a reality that they do. And that’s not their fault. “ Shutting it down, with logic, as usual.
Dang mama.
#SwagLife,
~dubs.
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